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Asthma Statistics

Asthma mortality rates have been steadily increasing since the 1970s.

Asthma Statistics

  • Asthma affects more than 20 million adults in the United States.
  • Over 9 million U.S. children have been diagnosed with asthma.
  • Asthma is the most prevalent chronic condition in children.
  • Asthma is the most common cause of hospitalization for children under the age of 15.
  • Between 70% and 80% of people with asthma also suffer from allergies.
  • More than 10 million Americans suffer specifically from allergic asthma.
  • Asthma causes nearly two million emergency room visits, over 500,000 hospitalizations, and about 5,500 deaths each year.
  • The prevalence of asthma increased 75% from 1980-1994.
  • Asthma rates in children under 5 have increased more than 160% from 1980-1994.
  • Asthma costs Americans over $16 billion a year.
  • Nearly 15 million school days are missed annually due to asthma.
  • Asthma accounts for about 25 million missed work days annually.
  • Asthma prevalence is 39% higher in African Americans than in whites.
  • In 2003, the prevalence of asthma in adult females was 35% greater than rates in males.
  • It is estimated that 80% of asthma deaths could be prevented with proper asthma education.
  • Genetics play a role in the development of asthma. If one parent has asthma, each child has a 1 in 3 chance of developing asthma. If both parents have asthma, chances rise to 7 in 10.